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page of the sands further into chaos massive gunfire is heard in cairo as deaths among both the police and morsy loyalists are reported across the turbulent nation . messing in china's backyard washington ops its military aid to the philippines boosting control in the oil rich south china sea adds more fuel to the friction with beijing. plus the west government swoops on virtual currencies like bitcoin with the senate saying the sector a must be regulated. in
six pm in the russian capital you're watching r t with me marina joshie welcome to the program well intense gunfire is being reported in the egyptian capital where scores of the ousted president supporters are battling a mass deployment of security forces on the streets both morsy loyalists and police officers have been killed in the kyra riots and elsewhere in the country right now you're looking at the live picture coming out of egypt and that's as islam is began nationwide marches vowing revenge after hundreds fell victim to a brutal crackdown on dissent and the army has set up checkpoints and deployed military vehicles in egypt's biggest cities and we have a correspondent bill true who is in car across it can bring us the very latest. hello bell thank you for joining us to talk about what's happening in cairo so tell us how would you describe what's happening today and how does that compare with
what we saw on wednesday. when it's another chaotic day here in egypt so most of what the supporters of mohamed morsi of called a day of rage in ramses square which is in downtown cairo just off the area is absolutely massive the moment twenty eight marches converged on the square when they basically intended to set up a sit in by about how plus two three pm gunshots could be heard both automatic weapons and rifle rounds and i'm not sure exactly how it started it was coming from direction of a police station became a police station need to ramses square but there are wildly differing accounts about who attacked first one side they're saying the missing brotherhood supporters have mostly fine on the police and of course the protesters are saying it was the other way around however you could hear these very loud gunshots coming from above from the side from everywhere including tear gas the protesters attempted to get rid of the effects of take out by building bomb fires and putting the kind of says on them but to no avail people were scattered i saw protesters being ferried at the
scene with very bloody head wounds i wasn't able to ascertain whether it's from a gunshot so not however this is going to have a huge effect on the political situation and this is the second day of violence just this week we've heard one of the leading liberal figures who heads up the national salvation front which is the kurdish liberal forces has resigned following the violence we expect to hear the kinds of attacks like it goes on and there are more fatalities. at this point we know that the unrest is spreading all across the country and the entire country in fact is enduring more trouble what more can you tell us. absolutely it's not just the capital which the moment is a somewhat of a war zone there's also been reports of fatalities now to the north in the nile delta and yet which is the governor as we go. at the time it's monday which is near put saif in addition there are clashes in an exam to have as well as tom says he was seeing this kind of violence spreading everywhere as the supporters of mostly
either an altercation is with the with the police or with residents of the area so really what this is coming off the back of is of course wednesday's very bloody crackdown by the security forces on to sit ins inquiry which we saw violence once again spread across the country it's quite a serious situation here we're not sure how it's going to go particularly as the minister of interior said thursday evening that they are going to allow their offices to fire live ammunition on anyone that was attacking them and also state buildings so we could see these clashes escalate further and more fatalities as the days go on and the moment he makes the make shift spitzer almost reached the limit as these people are coming in in the in this capital in addition of course to a number of injured people passing out from the tear gas and from the bullets meanwhile behind me here in tahrir square the military have sealed off hoping that supports the moves he didn't make it is that it would set up a sit in so really this is not going to stop anytime soon the protesters attempt to stay set up
a new sit in security forces one to go home so just to see how it goes throughout the day absolutely bell will stay safe and that was a bell to reporting from cairo. now more disturbing footage of civilians being fired on allegedly by army snipers in cairo is emerging on the line in this video you can see several men helping another person who appears to be a wounded is coming your way shortly please bear with us and the gunshots were heard apparently in the background and just as one of the man begins carrying the wounded away is hit by bullets a british t.v. camera man was also killed during gunfire apparently a victim of snipers we have policy report has been hearing survivors accounts when she visited one of the mosques that's now. a morgue. after every battle days of reckoning this is where the tally for this week's deadly clashes is taking place
here i mean that human must where the bodies of that date and current are being false and it was here finally with the fia helmi mohammed found her son she learnt on facebook the twenty three year old had been killed she tried in vain to get through sniper fire to reach the robber a dummy a mosque where he'd been camping for weeks as well as up and died from two bullets one was in his heart their army claims the protesters had weapons but it was a peaceful sit in the police killed him they were standing on top of the roofs they burned some of the bodies and burned some people alive it was egypt's most bloody day of violence since the revolution two and a half years ago this old man managed to save his koran but not his wife she was among the hundreds killed many of them burnt beyond recognition tears of anguish against a backdrop of angry demonstrations i think that's why you march a city obey the. people when we go to the district in the jones here it is
i think you said that i listen i am obeying the will of the egyptian be able went to the streets how about this people watched day in the street or forty seven days then they would rise and their gift is to kill them dr mohammad mahmoud was on duty when the first casualty started coming in within hours he treated civil dozen patients the wounds were worse than anything he'd seen before marking a turning point he says from which there was no return the egyptian army usually defend people but what we know are they gyptian army even in our religion we have some proof they said these are the best army and over the world but not to kill his own people is the egyptians always we our history with the egyptian army to defend us not to kill us. that's why i'm saying this is a very black chapter the accusations and counter-accusations are heating up each side blames the other for unprovoked excessive violence the army stands accused of
firing at unarmed protesters while the brotherhood is feared for spreading violence anything is possible now unfortunately and every single step that we've been witnessing from since january twenty five. we don't think the next step is going to happen it's so far away and then it happens so anything is possible now the interior ministry has given police a green light to use live ammunition against anyone who attacks government buildings while the muslim brotherhood is vowing nothing will stop its glorious revolution in a country many fear is now teaching on the brink of civil war policy on cairo. now the u.s. president has spoken about the gyptian crisis broke obama strongly condemn the actions by security forces and now the u.s. is canceling a joint military exercise with idjit but america will still continue sending over a billion dollars in annual aid to the army a spokeswoman from the british adoptions for democracy group says this runs counter
to washington's declared stance on democracy. it's actually quite shameful to see countries and the leaders of western governments who hail themselves speak of democracy supporting the slaughter of democracy and its supporters in into it what obama came out and said yesterday is simply not enough this is what the obama subsidies to the army buys the slaughter of innocent men women and children the only may have pulled the trigger yes but it was the west that loaded the gun and the west must take an active stance against this it's not too late to side with democracy in egypt they must come out they must reject what is happening in egypt these cosmetic diplomatic maneuvers of free calling ambassadors and the tepid statements again they are not enough we are talking about people dying and revolution now for more on the situation let's talk to the writer and blogger and member of the students for liberty organizations are
a bit off to focus on what's happening in egypt so thank you for joining us here on r.t. so how would you best describe what's happening in egypt now well of course it's a situation going out of hand both parties have not been able to find a peaceful and political solution to the problem so they're dealing with it through violence through sit ins through demonstration marches where violence is of course yesterday more than seven hundred people die credible people and it doesn't seem any in the near future and there can't be a solution unless both parties recognize that escalation is in no way or into the two. situation. well you see unrest happen during morsi time in office but surely there were not that many deaths and so much violence in the streets of the country would in the country be more secure or was morsi in charge. the problem that. that they're saying that this was
a coup against democracy it was a coup yes but it was not the morsi is what was not the consult morsi has done things which are needed people one that lies in power in a way that is unacceptable and this has led to a situation where both parties were unable to sit down and talk because the polarization in society has gone to a very very high degree so yes under morsi to violence it was less high but the situation that we're in right now is state of chaos and of not of being rule of law is one that originated during morsy and continues now sara let me add something to what you just said i mean morsi was democratically elected a year ago right so what went wrong i mean why did he live up to the expectations of the people that brought him to power of course being democratically elected and that's what democracy is all the about is about how you rule and what kind of methods you use morsi issued a constitutional declaration in november last year two thousand and twelve where he
put himself above the law and this is of course in this respect of law and disrespect of the separation of powers so it's possible that someone was. and exits the mockers you basically by and by taking decisions which are untenable and unacceptable so that's what happened when we're made his decision and this of course made a lot of people so scared and so fraid of their future in the country that they supported a military coup against him. what are what we see now the dramatic pictures of coming out of out of egypt in fact a blatant violation of human rights i mean with police having the right to shoot who will be responsible for that and who should be responsible in your opinion. the violence that has been happening with the marches and sit ins has been going on ever since the revolution started now of course what happened yesterday was one unprecedented in terms of so many people dying one day but you also have to remember that after that there were churches burned all over all across egypt the
policemen when the police stations were attacked and also museums and schools and or get other organizations were attacked so the violence is coming from from many sides and it's all over the country and as i said the problem is not just this incident that happened yesterday the problem is this thing that's been going on for a very long time where there's no rule of law and there's no no one is held accountable for their actions and no one is even trying to find is that mission which is outside the violence as fear and is inside the political sphere which is one of the should have rights hello be brighter blogger a member of the students for a libertarian zation thank you so much for sharing your views with us here on our team thank you for having me. washington is in talks with the philippines on a new security deal it once greater access to the country's military facilities to deploy troops equipment aircraft and ships washington's growing engagements in asia
pacific are eating out billions of dollars with alice citing china's growing clout as the main reason. washington has been steadily beefing up its military presence in the region while japan being its main ally with fifty thousand american troops deployed there south korea comes in second with over twenty eight thousand u.s. military personnel or there's also the security of guam which hosts several american military bases and under the policy the us has been strengthening its alliances with the trail you have philippine singapore thailand the viet nam deploying troops as well as seeking to sign cooperation agreements while washington claims it's just sports acting its economic interests in the region but as scott explains that's not the whole story. because increasing interest in the asia pacific is defined by the white house as an attempt to strengthen economic and security interests in
a paper released in two thousand and twelve washington makes no attempt to shy away from the fact that china's dominance in the region is a concern saying its emergence has the potential to negatively affect america's economy and security but go some way to explaining exactly why the u.s. is beefing up its military presence in the region but the exact extent of their muscle flexing is causing some to suggest it's an attempt at containment which will only intensify friction in the region the idea that the united states is protecting the interests of the world against chinese influence is clearly all the united states is doing is ratcheting up military tension and pressure that when the world doesn't need it at all disputes over territory are the main reason for heightened tensions the south china say rich in oil and fish is the main bone of contention washington is backing its ally the philippines in that dispute upping its military support to the nation by two thirds while also strengthening its military ties with
indonesia singapore malaysia brunei and vietnam the united states say there needs to be greater clarity over china's strategic intentions but as washington maintains they want dialogue they continue to expand their military presence on china's doorstep rattling the world's second largest economy a dangerous game of brinksmanship in a region where tensions are already high. had a russian champion athletes hit the headlines but not for her sport. and the respect to our country it's on respect to our seats isn't. the start folder of those using the world championships to protest to russia's ban on gay propaganda towards minors more than just.
with mike's culture the no holds barred look at the global financial headlines to report. welcome back this is r.t. how digital currency is led by bitcoin have become so influential that they are now turning hands in washington a u.s. senate committee has. started a new probe into what it calls an important emerging area that needs to be regulated online an entirely decentralized bitcoin has been gaining momentum and pushing its way towards the mainstream and value ragatz earlier this year peaking at more than two hundred dollars up from almost zero when it was first introduced in two thousand and nine the economist mark thornton says washington wants to control bitcoin to ensure that it can be used to hijack the greenback. their stated objective to investigate these currencies each virtual currency is that they may be
used for illegal means or they may be used for tax evasion and money laundering purposes which of course that does occur but that also occurs with u.s. currency which is the major currency for drug dealers and smugglers of all sorts so we have to look a little deeper here at these investigations and what we find is that of course the bage or credit card companies are concerned about bitcoin is a competitor because it's cheaper and faster than their own services there's no fees involved and so they're concerned and also the federal reserve and the treasury are concerned that in the long run virtual currencies maybe siphon off some of the demand for the u.s. dollar so the government is concerned about bitcoin and in popularity at many different levels and alternative currency has one official recognition with a u.s. federal judge a ruling that it is real money that announcement was made during the trial of
a texan charged with fraud through a bitcoin based ponzi scheme worth millions of dollars are the speed oliver went to mean those working to make sure a bitcoin succeeds. it points. to peak oil in the. peach coin can see are filling those developing the digital currency perhaps a little bunkers has the potential to be brilliant but we're still in the early days down the road i think it has tremendous potential and the next few years it can be you everybody wants to coming into it seems so cold because spaces like this one in bratislava the kinks in the currency being ironed out by a dedicated in close knit group even holding a wedding within a digital then to care for and protect each other you're from. the developers may soon an unconventional group this is an incompetent currency not
controlled by any government or central bank this peer to peer method of exchange can run chanting it will take the stand there. like life cycle. every technology of every new technology hoping to gets will use it first. sooner or later the customers will use however with one bitcoin currently being worth around seventy euro and only existing in cyberspace it's not really being cohesive with the high street until now are we make. dinner with nations of the coins like. some kind of five euro two euro one euro in that size which would be for example serial point zero one bitcoin and it would look like this actually we want to make it easy to use solution for down like to keep coins in their daily lives paid their daily life things with bitcoins like a pizza or a coke at
a bar or something like that security online is a major concern for us all these days so developers are looking into a number of ways to protect consumers cash we already talk with some. by security labeling companies. they will do some labels like was followed around the self destroying if you rip them off so we tried really to make it really secure for people that they can be sure that's the point. so they really can use it for trading due to the digital nature you could be calling there's no limit to shade the physical evidence you can take you can stump. it will work just how easy is it to use you possibly your credit i start my char reader. and since this one was not claim before i can just claim it's you know it's mine it's going for me on line for months to being talented alongside gold and silver is
the only safe investments by those in the know. absolutely triumphed as the dollar has crashed ninety per cent against the bad guy as bitcoin is set to take on the world and root out the banks stirrers and if this continues pretty soon might not be only for nerds they could be the cash jingling in all our pockets these are all of our t. slovakia. and aren't a dot com right now fugitive whistleblower edward snowden put his safety on the line for an a contract or have stopped his father for the first time since fleeing the us despite warnings from his lawyers we've got details on. what japanese scientists brace for the most dangerous cleanup mission to date at the fukushima nuclear power plant we've got live updates on the operation on our website our team dot com. right to see.
first street. and i think the true. on our report. our russian if latics stargate menaces by one has hit the headlines again but this time its words rather than world records she defended the country's ban on gay propaganda towards minors which has caused controversy and calls in europe to boycott the sochi winter olympics next year parties lucic often have has the details. this past week moscow has played host to track and field championships on tuesday the american runner nick symmonds dedicated his silver medal in the eight hundred meter meter race to gay friends and several swedish athletes painted their
nails in rainbow colors but the remarks made by you lead them by above was of course the world champion pole vaulter and the biggest star in russian track and field certainly reignited the debate over gay rights in russia and the world of sports it's on the respect to our concert some respect to our seats isn't because russians maybe are different than european people then other people from different lands we have our low rates everyone have to respect and if some police and they've some who are not just try to make such a problem as they does. begins because of. because of our law so i think it's unfair front of the now isn't bibles commented sparked major rebuke from international media outlets an athlete's even calls to strip her international olympic committee and mastership role now in response to those criticisms she did issue a statement today saying that english simply isn't her first language but she
wanted to say that quote people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests of that country she also added that she is opposed to any discrimination against gay people now just a reminder to our viewers the bill in question criminalize the public an expression of support for nontraditional relationships russian lawmakers say that it doesn't turn out well homosexuality but merely to spur just a discussion of it among younger people people younger than eighteen and there have been scattered calls for a boycott of the twenty fourteen winter olympics in the russian city of sochi but no country or athlete has yet declined to attend and most officials including us president barack obama have called a boycott unnecessary. well devastating floods are spreading through russia's far east around fourteen thousand people have already been evacuated from crisis stricken areas details from artie's lindsey friends there's a psych loan that is forming over the pacific ocean and it's set to bring
a large amount of reciprocation through neighboring china and into those of far east regions and unfortunately it means that those flood waters are going to crest between today and the twenty third and a temporary accommodation has been set up for the thousands of people that have been made homeless by this flood and not to mention the homes that have been ruined but also the road networks the bridges the infrastructure that have been completely wiped out by this now the russian health minister has arrived has flown over the areas affected and has a bribe to the far east to touch down and make sure that everyone's getting what they need for its part of the defense ministry has also ensured that an additional troops equipment and medical supplies are on hand you've got a lot of families very young children out there that now have no commendation but thank goodness it's summertime so at least those frigid temperatures are obviously at bay but this flood being in the third week it means that these people who are out of immediate danger are looking to the future and for people who depend on the
land for their livelihood it means it means ruined crops and it means a livestock at peril because their food sources have been ruined by the flood waters so obviously these people are looking at a huge rebuild after the flood peaks but help is there and more is on the way will obviously be keeping a very close eye on this over the weekend to see what ends up happening with this cycle moving in a over the pacific ocean. and coming up tough questions and contrasting opinions on iran's nuclear program in our interview show some people say that's for that.
the video game company of heroes two is facing a lot of heat from gamers inside the former soviet union in fact fourteen thousand people thus far have taken the time to sign a change to org petition to get the game removed from former communist shelves across the land why are people so mad this looks like some sort of world war two game i mean and this type of game there's going to be a murdering of hawkers or virtual rampaging through cities with rocket launchers so why did they start a petition for you to blogger called the bad comedian made a detailed twenty five minute video depicting all the gross historical inaccuracies and exaggerations throughout the game but he prefers the soviet army as a pack of slave driving before with every soviet officer wanting nothing more than to shoot his old soldiers in the back or send them to the gulag forthwith according to polygon dot com the game exploits rare moments in the wars history like some very limited battles or soviet soldiers went in unarmed and made it look as if sitting right fullest infantry directly into machine gun fire.